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Aberdeen sets aside $525K to take over courthouse

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Aberdeen's City Council has set aside $525,000 to possibly cover the cost of acquiring the federal courthouse building through eminent domain.

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City Attorney Adam Altman told the Aberdeen News a hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning.

He says a favorable ruling allows the federal court system access to the building immediately. It also gives the city the ability to negotiate a new lease with the General Services Administration, which handles federal property.

GSA originally owned the building but sold it in 2008 and stayed on as a tenant by leasing space for the federal court, Bureau of Indian Affairs, FBI, U.S. marshals and the Post Office.

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen says the relationship between the building owner Green World Aberdeen and GSA deteriorated and the federal agencies moved out.